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Tearful Andy Murray says goodbye to Tennis — Retiring

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Former world No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam champion, Andy Murray considers retiring after Australian Open and will end career in 2019

‘I’m not feeling good,’ he said. ‘Obviously been struggling for a long time and been in a lot of pain for probably about 20 months now.

In a heartbreaking press conference on Friday morning in Melbourne,Andy Murray broke down in tears after just the first question before confirming he may retire after the Australian Open.

The former world No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam champion was asked how he was feeling and simply replied ‘not great’ before breaking down and walking out of the conference.

Murray played a practice match with Novak Djokovic on Thursday afternoon and it was clear all is not well in his camp, and the Brit revealed he told his team that he planned to retire after Wimbledon this season.

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While he will compete at the Australian Open, facing Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round, he accepts that there are no guarantees over his fitness from this point as he struggles through the immense pain in his right hip and he may be forced to retire after the first Grand Slam of 2019.

‘I’m not feeling good,’ he said. ‘Obviously been struggling for a long time and been in a lot of pain for probably about 20 months now.

‘I’ve pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn’t helped loads. ‘I’m going to play. I can still play to a level, not a level I’m happy playing at. The pain is too much really, it’s not something I want to continue playing that way. ‘I tried everything I could to get it right, it hasn’t worked. My plan is kind of middle to end of December in my training block, I spoke to my team and told them I can’t keep doing it.

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‘I need to have an end point because I’m just playing with no idea of when the pain will stop. Making that decision, I think I can get through to this at Wimbledon, that’s when I’d like to stop playing. I’m also not certain I’m able to do that.’

Asked whether this would be his final tournament, he responded: ‘There’s a chance of that, yeah, for sure. I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months.

‘I have an option to have another operation, which is little more severe than what I’ve had before but would give me a better quality of life. Some athletes have had that and come back to competing but there’s no guarantees of that. The reason to have it is not to return. ‘I’m realistic in knowing that’s not an easy thing to come back to play professional sport to a high level. It has been done, [doubles player] Bob Bryan had this operation post-Wimbledon last year. I’ve had lots of communication with him about it. ‘(The previous operation) didn’t help with the pain at all. The walking and certain things on the court I can’t do properly even now, but it’s the pain that’s the driving issues. Having the limitations and also the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training.’